A media watchdog is calling on NBC to reconsider its policies about airing explicit language after the network recently televised two separate instances of unedited profanity.
According to the Parents Television Council (PTC), numerous broadcast networks showed restraint in their news reports on President Donald Trump's alleged use of an expletive during an immigration meeting – but not NBC.
PTC's Melissa Henson pointed out that NBC decided to air the unedited profanity during a news broadcast and noted that it also allowed an unedited [four-letter] expletive to be aired during Saturday Night Live (SNL).
"It’s incumbent on NBC to exercise the same discretion that the other networks were exercising in reporting the story,” Henson stressed. “And even in the late-night hours – when they're not subject to indecency fines – I think they still need to be a little bit more circumspect and a little bit more careful about the kind of language they allow their presenters to use."
The pro-family advocate explained to OneNewsNow that the profanity issue on television can be a slippery slope.
"Once people become inured to it, then it starts to creep into earlier and earlier time slots,” Henson contended. “And I think at NBC, they have a broadcast license, and they are obligated – as a condition of owning that broadcast license – to act in the public interest, and I'm not sure that the public interest is being served by some of the choices that NBC has been making."
Henson asserts that NBC’s lax attitude toward airing profanity is a troubling trend at the network, which is trying to test the waters to see what it can get away with.